Stranger Things fan theories are becoming more interesting with Noah Schnapp weighing in on a long-running social media debate about his character Will Byers’ gender preference.
Netflix has already confirmed Season 2, and fans are becoming more eager to pitch in their share of ideas to include in the continuation of the mysterious and exciting world of Stranger Things.
However, one of the most talked about theories that have surfaced — even during the airing of the show’s first season — is a constant theme in the series which may not be as obvious but is definitely there: homophobia.
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One article from The Advocate writer Daniel Reynolds talked about how many Stranger Things characters that the audiences are rooting for are actually “queer” or gay.
“There are no obviously LGBT characters in Stranger Things, which was created by Ross and Matt Duffer (Wayward Pines). But one doesn’t need a Hays decoder to ascertain that every character the audience roots for is queer in some fashion.”
According to the outlet, the resident bullies in Stranger Things often make use of terms like “perverts,” “fairies,” “queer,” or “weirdo” which all sound very familiar to LGBT viewers.
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Is Will Byers Gay? Noah Schnapp Breaks His Silence
After this article was shared over Reddit in July, many reacted and debated on which characters are straight and which ones are not.
On top of that, Redditors argued on whether or not Will Byers — the boy who got abducted by the Demogorgon — is gay and that the “Upside Down” is actually a metaphor for being “in the closet.”
Outside Reddit, social media users have also talked about how Will Byers may be gay, sharing contradicting ideas. Because of this, Schnapp decided to break his silence and share his own thoughts on the matter over Instagram.
“I’ve been reading stuff for a while. I think everyone here is missing the point.”
So I thought it would be time to jump into the conversation. I've been reading stuff for a while. I think everyone here is missing the point. An author called Gary Schmidt came to speak at our school this week and he said that good stories aren't supposed to leave you with answers because then you never question yourself and you forget about it. A good book, or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions but makes you think. Which is what you are all doing. For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point. Stranger Things is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way or are different. Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay? I'm only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that's why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did. So you can ask all these questions. I hope the real answer never comes out! #dufferbrothers ❤️❤️
In his lengthy post, the young actor declared that whether or not Will Byers is gay or not is besides the whole point of the story and that being different does not automatically make you gay.
“A good book, or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions but makes you think. Which is what you are all doing,” he adds.
“I’m only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that’s why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did.”
Fortunately, several Twitter microbloggers also feel the same way Schnapp does and shrugged off the entire Will Byers Gay debate.
— David Richard P. (@DavidRP91) October 16, 2016
omfg with the whole “WILL BYERS IS GAY” narrative regarding #StrangerThings DON’T SPECULATE/come up with ‘THEORIES’. Learn 2 enjoy the show.
— Karim Shehimi (@KarimShehimi) October 16, 2016
Others believe it is the other way around.
there weren’t any gay characters, there was only homophobia as a symbol to identify straight outsiders. #StrangerThings
— grimelord (@Vampire_Holiday) August 7, 2016
While some are just plainly clueless as to what the fuss was all about.
Either way, Stranger Things 2 is coming soon and we should see more of the crazy, highly-debated show about four kids who experience more out of their love for science fiction after tumbling upon a parallel world where they encountered mysterious and dangerous creatures.
Currently, the Duffer Brothers are shooting scenes for a “next level crazy” sequel to Stranger Things which will take the audience deeper into the mysteries surrounding the Upside Down and the conspiracies of the Hawkins Lab.
Stranger Things Season 2 is expected to air sometime in 2017 on Netflix.
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